Federal emergency transit funding for Dutchess, Orange counties

WASHINGTON – Orange County will receive $35.1 million in CARES Act emergency federal funding for public transportation while Dutchess County will receive $7.3 million, both through the Federal Transit Administration to boost essential public transportation services by mitigating the devastating impact of COVID-19 on local transit systems.

In Orange County, the funds will be used for operating assistance in the Newburgh and Middletown areas for nonfixed route ADA paratransit services, commuter bus services, Dial-a-Bus operations and administration of grants and public transit throughout the county.

In Dutchess County, the funds will be used to provide enhanced health and safety precautions for drivers and passengers and to dramatically reduce the county’s subsidy to the transit system in 2020 and 2021.

The county’s public transportation needs are mainly serviced by Dutchess Count Public Transit, which took over operations of City of Poughkeepsie Transit, and connects to Putnam Transit and Ulster County Area Transit to connect Dutchess County with the rest of the Hudson Valley.

The grants were announced by US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and House Members Sean Patrick Maloney and Antonio Delgado.

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